Mark Footitt finished with career best figures of 6-120 in the morning, as a defiant Derbyshire secured a second innings lead despite losing regular wickets on Day 3 against Sussex at the County Ground.
Paceman Footitt claimed the wicket of Monty Panesar to pick up his sixth wicket of the innings, as the visitors were dismissed for 401, a lead of 178, with Michael Yardy top scoring with a magnificent 153.
But after an excellent 73-run stand between Chesney Hughes (32) and Wayne Madsen (32), Derbyshire lost regular wickets and ended the day just 11-runs ahead with three wickers in hand on 189-7.
Sussex resumed this morning on 328-8, with Yardy unbeaten on 121 and a lead of 105 runs. But it wasn’t long before Derbyshire picked up their first wicket of the day as Footitt removed Panesar, as the paceman claimed career best figures of 6-120.
Mark Footitt led the Derbyshire fightback with five wickets, but a superb 179-run partnership between Michael Yardy and Chris Jordan put Sussex in control after Day 2.
Derbyshire were dismissed for 223 in the morning session, as Richard Johnson and Jonathan Clare added 52 runs together before James Anyon broke the stand claiming two in as many balls.
The hosts made an excellent start in reply, as Footitt claimed three early wickets, while Clare (2-58) picked up two, to reduce Sussex to 109-5. But the magnificent stand between Yardy and Jordan (92) ensured that the visitors secured a 105-run lead at the close.
Footitt returned to claim two wickets in the final session to complete an excellent five-wicket haul, as Sussex closed on 328-8, with Yardy unbeaten on 121.
Derbyshire made a productive start moving onto 113-2 just after Tea, but Steve Magoffin, James Anyon, Chris Jordan and Monty Panesar all claimed a wicket apiece in the final session to put the visitors in the ascendency.
Madsen, who passed 5,000 career first-class runs in the evening session, batted beautiful throughout the day but was dismissed in the penultimate over for an excellent 64 as Sussex closed Day 1 in control.
A total of 39 overs were lost in the day after the morning session was washed-out due to persistent rain in Derby. Play finally got underway at 2.30pm after Sussex had won the toss and elected to field first in bowler-friendly conditions at the County Ground.
Captain Wayne Madsen (pictured) will be hoping his side can take advantage of the home conditions as Derbyshire welcome Sussex to the County Ground tomorrow.
Karl Krikken’s side have had a two-and-a-half-week break from the LV= County Championship, giving the side the opportunity to reflect on the opening weeks of the season.
The squad have been hard at work this week preparing for their second four-day game at the County Ground this season and Madsen now believes that the home advantage will give them the edge against a Sussex side pushing for the title.
“I think it is important that we make the most of our home fixtures,” Madsen said. “Home advantage is huge in this competition and we have performed well here over the last couple of seasons. We know are wicket well and we will now have to make the most of it.
Derbyshire have named a 13-man squad for tomorrow’s LV= County Championship fixture with Sussex at the County Ground.
Richard Johnson takes over the gloves for the first time in the four-day format this season while Mark Turner returns to Karl Krikken’s squad after recovering from injury.
Bowling duo Mark Footitt and Alasdair Evans have both been called up into the Championship squad after the pair impressed in the three day friendly against New Zealand at the beginning at May, but Tony Palladino will miss out on selection due to injury.
Derbyshire’s 13-man squad is as follows: Billy Godleman, Chesney Hughes, Wayne Madsen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wes Durston, Dan Redfern, Richard Johnson, David Wainwright, Jonathan Clare, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner, Mark Footitt and Alasdair Evans.
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The Falconettes, the official Friends Life twenty20 dancers for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, are now recruiting new members to join the team for 2013.
The Falconettes were created in 2010 and will now be returning for their fourth season with the Club this summer. For the past three seasons they have been entertaining audiences at the County Ground and supporting their beloved Derbyshire Falcons as they aimed for twenty20 success.
Auditions will take place on May 18th.
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Derbyshire return to the four-day format this week when Wayne Madsen’s side welcome Sussex to the County Ground on Wednesday, 15th May.
The county’s second home LV= County Championship fixture of the season will also be Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 300th career first-class match, a time in which the world’s number two Test batsman has compiled over 22,000 runs and 66 hundreds at an average of 56.19.
The team will be looking to claim their first victory of the season as Ed Joyce brings his experienced side, which will include England spinner Monty Panesar, to the County Ground.
Wayne Madsen - requires 41 for 5000 first-class runs
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - his next first-class game will be his 300th
Chesney Hughes - requires 114 for 2000 first-class runs
Jonathan Clare - requires 7 for 150 first-class wickets
Tim Groenewald - requires 5 for 200 first-class wickets
Club Shop: Our Club shop is next to Reception in the Gateway Centre and will be open all four days. Derbyshire’s new Friends Life t20, LV= County Championship and Yorkshire Bank 40 are on sale alongside 2013 merchandise, training gear and much more.
Food & Drink: The Media Centre Bar & Refreshments and the Tea Bar & Refreshments will be open to all one hour before the start of play.
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Only three overs were possible in Derbyshire’s opening Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture of the season against Lancashire due to persistent rain at the County Ground.
Chesney Hughes (4*) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (5*) faced just 18 balls before the rain arrived and ultimately forced an early closure to play, as the Falcons had to settle for a point in their opening one-day match of 2013.
Lancashire won the toss and elected to field first, but both Hughes and Chanderpaul looked composed at the crease, with the latter hitting the only boundary of the match through vacant square-leg off Kyle Hogg.
But to the disappointment of the home crowd, no further play was possible as the rain returned for the remainder of the day as the match finished in a No Result.
Speaking after the game, Alasdair Evans said: "It was bitterly disappointing that the weather beat us today. We have been looking forward to some one day stuff for a while and especially having the Sky Sports cameras here it is a shame that the British summer has beaten us today.
"But we now concentrate on the Sussex match this week and we are all desperate to claim our first win in the four-day format.
"After claiming just a point today, hopefully we can get a good result against Scottish Saltires in our next YB40 fixture. We need to try and get some momentum in this competition. These competitions are all about gaining momentum and taking it through the summer so hopefully we can get an early win under our belt and kick on from there."
Derbyshire will now begin their preparations for next week’s LV= County Championship fixture against Sussex on May 15th at the County Ground, before they continue their YB40 campaign against Scottish Saltires on Sunday, 20th June at Edinburgh.
Supporters who attended today's game can use their ticket again to gain entrance to any home match this season (except for all-ticket matches). Alternatively a full refund can be claimed by applying in writing to the ticket office enclosing your ticket, name and address. All information about Derbyshire's rain check policy are printed on the back of your match-day ticket.
Derbyshire have named a 14-man squad for their opening Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture of the season against Lancashire Lightning on Sunday, 1.45pm start.
Bowling duo Mark Footitt (pictured) and Alasdair Evans have both been included after the pair impressed in the three day friendly against New Zealand last weekend.
Richard Johnson will take over the gloves from Tom Poynton, while 21-year-old all-rounder Alex Hughes has been included in his first squad of the season.
Both Tony Palladino and Mark Turner miss out on selection due to injury.
Derbyshire’s 14-man squad is as follows: Wayne Madsen, Chesney Hughes, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dan Redfern, Richard Johnson, Jonathan Clare, Ross Whiteley, Billy Godleman, Alex Hughes, David Wainwright, Tim Groenewald, Mark Footitt and Alasdair Evans.
Sunday’s Yorkshire Bank 40 opener will be a family fun day and kids’ entertainment will be provided around the ground throughout the day. The Club’s pricing policy is such that a family of four can attend for just £32 if tickets are purchased by midnight tonight.
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